The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


After five Holiday seasons of trying, the good folks at the Mouse House are finally letting us present Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Frida! And we feel this calls for a celebration!!

Join us Friday, December 20th as we kick off our run with a special GOTH NIGHT presentation! We’ve invited legendary DJ Thin Man to open the evening by spinning all your favorite Dark Entries, Metropolis, 4AD… tracks, and invite you to don your best black apparel, deck your face with black eyeliner, and join us as we celebrate 26 years of director Henry Selick’s iconic 1993 musical stop-motion animation fantasy!

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, grows tired of the holiday and wishes to try something new. When he accidentally comes across Christmas Town, he is inspired by what he sees and decides to put his own twist on the wintertime celebration. With the help of his friends, they make Christmas their own — but with decidedly disastrous results. Envisioned by artist and filmmaker Tim Burton, and featuring the voice talents of Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon, and of course award-winning composer and Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a breathtaking and unconventional take on the holiday season!

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas also screens:

Friday, Dec 20 – 4pm 
Saturday, Dec 21 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sunday, Dec 22 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Monday, Dec 23 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Thursday, Dec 26 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

Click here for tickets to all Frida Cinema screenings.

“Part Avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that’s unlike nothing you’ve sever seen.” – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

“Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history if the process.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas